Watch the SECTION 3: Essential Lead Concepts online guitar lesson by Kelly Richey from Focus On: Blues-Rock Power Trio

In this section, we'll focus on how to approach guitar solos in a power trio; learning some essential soloing techniques and how to build a bridge between lead and rhythm guitar. We'll also explore the importance of using dynamics, and how to build a rhythmic presence that pulls in the listener. We'll learn essential soloing techniques like bends, vibrato, hammer-ons, pull-offs, pinch harmonics, and left and right hand muting. Other techniques like octaves, rakes, slurs, pedal tones, single note articulation and punctuation will be discussed, as well as feedback and sustain, the importance of strong dynamics, and finally, the figure eight strumming pattern. It's important to incorporate these techniques into your playing to prepare you for playing lead and rhythm guitar in the open and often raw format of the power trio sound.